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Safe As Houses

by Eric Walters

Doubleday Canada | January 6, 2009 | Mass Market Paperbound

Safe As Houses is rated 4.9167 out of 5 by 12.
The date is October 15, 1954. Thirteen-year-old Elizabeth, who lives in the Toronto suburb of Weston, is a typical grade 8 girl. She has a secret crush on a boy in her class and she thinks Elvis Presley is "dreamy." Elizabeth also has a part-time job babysitting an adorable little grade 2 girl named Suzie, and Suzie’s not-so-adorable grade 6 brother, David. Elizabeth’s job is to walk Suzie and David home after school and then stay at their house with them until their mother gets home from work. David resents Elizabeth because he thinks he is too old for a babysitter, and he goes out of his way to make life miserable for her.

On this particular evening, however, Elizabeth has more than a badly behaved boy to contend with. It is on this October night that Hurricane Hazel roars down on Toronto, bringing torrential rains that cause extensive flooding. David and Suzie’s house is on Raymore Drive, a street that will be practically wiped out by the floodwaters.

David and Suzie’s parents are unable to reach the house, which means the children’s safety on this most deadly of nights is Elizabeth’s responsibility. She finds herself increasingly isolated. They are surrounded by rising water. The electricity goes out. The phone goes dead. Still, Elizabeth is sure they will be safe as long as they remain in the house.

But are Elizabeth and the children really as "safe as houses"? Before this terrifying night is over, Elizabeth and David will have to learn to communicate and cooperate if they are to save their own lives and Suzie’s. Their survival in the midst of one of Canada’s worst disasters will depend upon their resourcefulness, maturity and courage.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 176 pages, 6.85 × 4.15 × 0.46 in

Published: January 6, 2009

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 140002529X

ISBN - 13: 9781400025299

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!! My favourite book this year is the forest of silence, by the best author, Emiy Rodda. It is also a series called Deltora. I have also read the secound book called the lake of tears. I really enjoyed this book because it had lots of suspense, Action and cliff hangers. Another reason why i liked this book is because she is very good at writting her books and this is why i read her second book becaue it was so good
Date published: 2010-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Safe As Houses I bought it for my 10-year-old and he loved it.
Date published: 2009-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Perfect! This book was my first Eric Walters, Book. I wasn't able to place the book on the shelf! I just had to continue. It was completely amazing. Eric Walters Is a VERY talented writer, especialy for young teens/readers. If your someone who likes a nice book, or a book not able to put down, or even just like books that could easily happen in real life, Eric Walters is the author for you. He sure was for me, and by the looks of it, MANY other people agree.
Date published: 2009-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Wow!! This book is amazing!!! Eric Walters is such a talented writer!! If you like other Eric Walter books then you will love this new release!! Other books = House Party, Run, and Over Drive.
Date published: 2009-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is amazing! This book is really really good, I finished it in one afternoon, I loved it and I couldn't put it down. It shows a really good retelling of the events of hurricane hazel, and it is a little scary if you babysit!
Date published: 2008-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Safe as Houses This book is a book that makes you want to keep on reading. The author makes it so you can really relate to the main character’s fear and feelings. I also really like that this book was not too long, because sometimes when books are too long, they are just a drag, but this book is short, and really, really good. This book is one of my favourite books, and if you like realistic fiction, this book is perfect for you! Clarissa
Date published: 2008-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Springboard Into Researching Hurricane Hazel What a great way to begin to research Hurricane Hazel. The kids today may not know about this hurricane (some adults also). This book allows the reader a very basic understanding of what actually happened. If they are interested (and who wouldn't be), they can then take the knowledge they learned from this novel and start to look deeper into Hurricane Hazel. The internet has some great sites to go to. Way to go, Eric Walters, for bringing history alive, yet once again!!!!
Date published: 2008-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loss of words!!! I loved this book so much i finished it in 1 day! It was great! I never thought that the end tail of a hurricane would do so much damadge. If i was in Elizebeth's position i would be so scared. It was a great story ful of adventure. Imagine how you would feel and what you would do if you were stuck in the middle of a hurricane babysitting 2 kids with no adults. You would be cut off from your family not knowing if they're okay or if they will live or die. Read the book to find out what happens.
Date published: 2008-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonder ful!!! i want to tell that its a awsome book...i loved it...i will surely recommend to this to people like teenager....i wanna thankx eric walters for writing this story....eric walters is my favorite author...
Date published: 2008-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent! this book is really moving because of the use of the factational story of the Toronto flood. It's descriptions inside the book are so perfectly done that it's easy to picture what Eric Walters is trying to say to the reader. It was such a good book that when you start reading it, you'll never want to put it down. It might be a small book but it covers a lot of facts that happened except for that maybe the main characters where based on real people that were actually there at the time. I don't want to ruin the ending but you'll be surprised when u finish the book and how Eric Walters ended it. Very dramatic at times between some of the characters and when they do get dramatic, it feels like you feel the concern that goes on between them and you kinda know how they're feeling. I REALLY recommend this book to everyone and hopes everyone enjoys it as much as i did!
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner I normally read then stop, read then stop but with this it was impossible to put down!
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Riveting! Any kid can step into the shoes of Lizzie, David and Suzie and imagine being part of the gripping events in this novel! Be prepared!
Date published: 2008-01-08

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Safe As Houses

Safe As Houses

by Eric Walters

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 176 pages, 6.85 × 4.15 × 0.46 in

Published: January 6, 2009

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 140002529X

ISBN - 13: 9781400025299

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chapter one–Suzie and I huddled beneath the umbrella. It gave us at least some protection from the rain that had been coming down in buckets all day. The whole schoolyard was filled with kids bobbing about under umbrellas or in bright yellow slickers. A few of the boys from my Grade 8 class just turned up the collars of their denim jackets, like the rain wasn’t any great inconvenience. They were too busy trying to look cool to even attempt to stay dry. Most of them were all wet even when it wasn’t raining . . . although a few of them were cool even without the jacket. I looked around. I was waiting for Suzie’s brother David, but I was hoping to catch sight of Donnie Davis. He was nowhere to be seen. Too bad.Almost everybody was rushing to get away from the rain and home or to a friend’s house. All my friends were going over to Debbie’s to listen to some 45s on her new record player. Debbie had all the new songs–“Shake, Rattle and Roll” by Bill Haley, both versions of “Sh-­Boom,” by the Chords and by the Crew-Cuts, and “That’s All Right” by Elvis Presley . . . Elvis was so dreamy . . . he would have been my favourite even if he couldn’t sing.I sighed. I hadn’t even been invited. Everybody knew there was no point. I couldn’t go, and asking me would have been cruel. Instead I was standing here, my saddle shoes soaked through, waiting. Couldn’t David ever get here on time?Suzie was pressed close against my leg, dressed in her little yellow raincoat and matching hat. It wouldn’t h
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From the Publisher

The date is October 15, 1954. Thirteen-year-old Elizabeth, who lives in the Toronto suburb of Weston, is a typical grade 8 girl. She has a secret crush on a boy in her class and she thinks Elvis Presley is "dreamy." Elizabeth also has a part-time job babysitting an adorable little grade 2 girl named Suzie, and Suzie’s not-so-adorable grade 6 brother, David. Elizabeth’s job is to walk Suzie and David home after school and then stay at their house with them until their mother gets home from work. David resents Elizabeth because he thinks he is too old for a babysitter, and he goes out of his way to make life miserable for her.

On this particular evening, however, Elizabeth has more than a badly behaved boy to contend with. It is on this October night that Hurricane Hazel roars down on Toronto, bringing torrential rains that cause extensive flooding. David and Suzie’s house is on Raymore Drive, a street that will be practically wiped out by the floodwaters.

David and Suzie’s parents are unable to reach the house, which means the children’s safety on this most deadly of nights is Elizabeth’s responsibility. She finds herself increasingly isolated. They are surrounded by rising water. The electricity goes out. The phone goes dead. Still, Elizabeth is sure they will be safe as long as they remain in the house.

But are Elizabeth and the children really as "safe as houses"? Before this terrifying night is over, Elizabeth and David will have to learn to communicate and cooperate if they are to save their own lives and Suzie’s. Their survival in the midst of one of Canada’s worst disasters will depend upon their resourcefulness, maturity and courage.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

About the Author

Eric Walters published his first novel, Stand Your Ground, in 1993, and has since become one of Canada’s best known and most prolific writers of literature for children and young adults. He has had 39 novels published, including Safe as Houses. Eric’s books are available in places as far away as Australia and New Zealand, and have been translated into French, Dutch, Japanese and Chinese. Eric’s novels have won more than 30 awards; among them the Red Maple, Blue Heron, Snow Willow, tiny Torgi and Ruth Schwartz awards. Eric has also received awards from the Canadian Library Association and UNESCO. He is the only writer who has won the Ontario Library Association Silver Birch Award three times. A long-time teacher, Eric still interacts with children and teenagers, doing presentations that blend storytelling, drama and audience participation. In his research for Safe as Houses, Eric interviewed people who had survived the great storm, and incorporated some of their actual experiences into the story.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews

"Vintage Walters...the adventure just doesn't stop." –Canlitforkids.com

"A suspense-filled story of how three resourceful children trapped alone in a house manage to survive the terrible night." –Winnipeg Free Press


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12